Chief John Big Tree
|Chief John Big Tree|
James Earle Fraser's sculpture, "End of the Trail", for which Big Tree claims he was the model.
|Born||Isaac Johnny John
July 2, 1877
|Died||July 6, 1967
Onondaga Indian Reservation, New York, USA
Chief John Big Tree (June 2, 1877 – July 6, 1967), born Isaac Johnny John, was a member of the Seneca Nation and an actor who appeared in 59 films between 1915 and 1950.
Big Tree claimed to be one of three Native American chiefs whose profiles were composited to make the portrait featured on the obverse of the United States' Indian Head nickel, designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser. The other two chiefs were Iron Tail and Two Moons. Big Tree claimed that his profile was used to create that portion of the portrait from the top of the forehead to the upper lip.
- The Spirit of '76 (1917) (Lost film)
- A Fight for Love (1919) (Lost film)
- The Avenging Arrow (1921) (Lost film)
- The Iron Horse (1924)
- The Frontier Trail (1926)
- Winners of the Wilderness (1927)
- Sioux Blood (1929)
- Daniel Boone (1936)
- Stagecoach (1939)
- Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
- She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
- Chief John Big Tree appearance on CBS's I've Got a Secret, December 11, 1961. Rebroadcast on Game Show Network and viewed January 29, 2008.
- "The Flip Side". Numismatic News. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
-  Esquire Cover Gallery
- Robert R. Van Ryzin. "Which Indian Really Modeled?" Numismatic News, February 6, 1990
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